We all know that familiar feeling of rushing to the nearest garage, 10 minutes before close just to fill the car with enough petrol for the following morning’s commute. In reality, handling a petrol pump is the only manual task you have ever associated with the use of fossil fuels. We’ve become so accustomed to our gas and electric being available at the flick of a switch (unless you’re an eco-conscious goddess), that the process of heating our homes has become wildly disassociated with the consumption of fossil fuels.
With rising sea levels and an ever-warming planet, alternative ‘green’ energy sources are the only option to sustain the planet as we know it. Ireland hopes to lead in its green efforts by cutting emissions by 51% between 2018 and 2030, with renewable energy sources like wind, water and solar power the key to achieving a greener future.
So far, Ireland has been impressive in its efforts. In fact, wind energy generated 40% of the electricity used in Ireland in 2020! Onshore wind farms are a common sight in the Irish countryside, however - up to 10 offshore wind farms must be created if we are to become completely carbon neutral by 2050. Plus, with a goal of developing 5000MW of offshore wind energy by 2030, enhanced planning must be put in place.
Lead author of the Drax Electric Insights report, Iain Staffell said: “The next steps we must take towards a net-zero power system will be more challenging – driving out the last sources of fossil carbon will require us to go beyond just having more wind and solar power”. This will involve taking a further look at technologies such as hydrogen and bioenergy. Basically, we need to act and act fast.
A recent report by MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy states that the drive towards net zero emissions could create more than 50,000 jobs in Ireland over the coming years. With this, we could see wind providing two-thirds of Ireland’s total energy needs! This would be either directly through electricity supply or by generating large amounts of hydrogen for heating, transport or to be stored for use in power plants. This would also be supported by significant volumes of bioenergy, solar power and battery storage, according to the report.
What does this mean for you?
Growing businesses within the renewable space need talent. Of course, a large number of skilled workers would be required to get to this stage through developing wind farms, installing heat pumps in homes, retrofitting buildings and further developing the electricity grid. Within the last decade, Kelly has supported clean energy projects worldwide. We can provide you with the innovative recruits you need to harness natural energy and reach Ireland's 2050 carbon-neutral goal.
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